Benefits and Limitations of Homework

 

Homework is a word that sends chills down both students and parent’s backs. However, not all have fear and struggle for homework. Up to date, there has never been a conclusive answer as to whether homework is wholly beneficial or a waste of time. It is a hot topic that has been in most teachers’ and parents’ mouths. Some people can attest to homework effectiveness while others the time spends doing homework could be spent better elsewhere. Come to think of it, is homework necessary or essential? Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of homework.

Benefits

  • It reduces the time spent on the screen – when a student is out of school, they get many free hours that they spend on the screen either on TV, Phones or Computers. Since homework is unwanted, it improves the child’s studying habits and keeps them engaged and away from the screen.
  • Students can exhaust the learning process – With the lessons in school limited to a few hours per day, the child can complete learning while doing homework. Homework will address the deficiencies that the child might not have understood in class.
  • It provides for a friendlier place to learn – Despite the comfort of the classroom, improving every day, it does not match the comfort found at home. The child can do homework at their comfort and convenience.
  • It fosters creating a communication network – Homework acts as an excellent bridge between the school, teacher, and parents. Most of the time, the teachers don’t see student life at home, and the parents don’t see the child’s school life. Homework bridges the gap and helps all stakeholders understand the student better.
  • Students learn management skills through homework – Homework drives the student to learn management skills by scheduling time to do the homework appropriately. The student learns independent thinking and problem-solving skills, and they learn.
  • The parent gets an opportunity to get more involved in the child’s life – While at home, the parent is the available person to help the child in difficult areas of the homework. It allows the parent to learn the child’s strengths and weaknesses.

Limitations

  • It encourages cheating – the internet offers several resources today that provide all students’ answers, and they will not be doing the homework themselves. There is also an opportunity to copy from one another.
  • It may not be possible to have accurate practice – The student might rely too much on their guardians and parent; thus, it will be challenging to evaluate their competence.
  • More study time does not necessarily lead to good grades – Research shows no conclusive evidence supporting homework as a critical contributor to better grades. 
  • It is not easy to enforce homework – The attitude of the students is a crucial determinant to them actively engaging in homework. It is quite difficult for teachers and parents to find that motivating factor to make them do more.
  • A home may not be an excellent environment to study – home is not a conducive place to study since it has many distractions that might divert the student’s attention.
  • Children need time to play – After a long day of studying, the child needs some time to engage in other activities to help develop their lives. Low playtime has been associated with poor performance in general health and awareness roles. 

Cheating while Doing Homework

Cheating is largely perceived to be dishonest. In spite of it being a bad habit, we all have done it at one point or another and got away with it. In one report, about 42% of first year students admitted that they always cheat. I know many of you now feel justified for having cheated but if you still want to get away with it, here are some key tips for you.

Duplicate “Joe’s” work

As old as this cheating method sounds, it is largely known to cause a lot of doubt particularly in the event that you end up copying your friend’s entire work word after the other. Being a copycat also calls out for some effort. This begins by identifying the best performing students in class and making them your friends. To copy effectively their work, we suggest doing so before getting home. This will give you the whole night to work on the assignment yourself if need be. Just remember to always help them out as they work on the assignments. Since cheating is a vice, keep this newly acquired habit a secret and always remember to paraphrase your sentences to avoid suspicions.

Consider discussions

As the colloquialism states that in unity is strength, you should form a small homework group. This group can further be broken down into smaller groups and tasked with tackling a section of the overall homework. To prevent suspicion, try as much as possible not to start working on the assignment in school. You can decide to meet up and discuss the homework on the bus home. Before you alight, be sure to copy the correct answers somewhere and use the evening scrutinizing the solutions as well as paraphrasing your copy.

Continuously revamp your work

Copying can be hard work as you are constantly thinking of ways to stay out of your teacher’s radar. Being the vice it is, copying can land you into very big trouble and you need to take very serious precautions while at it. To do so, we strongly suggest that you should prioritize rewording your entire copy. This way, you will be able to stay clear off the cheater’s list. Additionally, if you are interested in throwing your teacher off your cheating scent, consider copying work done by someone who isn’t particularly your friend or neighbor. This will greatly reduce your chances of being caught or suspected to have cheated.

Expected outcomes

Cheating and schooling are very old nemesis and you could actually get into serious problems if you are caught in the act. Cheating could land you a clean suspension. Some schools have even serious punishment for cheating and you could be risking a potential expulsion. To avoid all these problems, may be it is time you genuinely work on your assignments by yourself.

Online help

It is only human if you are concerned about your friends. Why should you land them in trouble and there are numerous online homework help platforms out there. Just sign up for one and get professional help from experienced tutors. Just remember to pay attention to detail first.

Are we Punishing Our Kids with Homework?

I believe that most of you will concur with me that carrying work alongside you back at home is the last thing we could imagine. Indeed, workdays can be really demanding and all we want to do in the evening is to relax and have some peace. Except if you are very determined to get a promotion, that is when you might now be worried about working additional hours in the night and weekends as well.

Ideally, kids also need to take a break from schoolwork while at home. It is quite reasonable for them to get some breathing space when they return home after spending several hours in school learning more than one concept and/or formula. Therefore, it is quite unhealthy to similarly create a mirror-like mentality of classroom monotony back at home.

Where all these started?

It is claimed that students were not exposed to engage in taking away assignments until the twentieth century. During this time, the mind was looked at as a muscle, and just as we regularly exercise to keep the rest of our body in shape, the mind needed to be stretched a bit. For this reason, it was quite a common practice to assign students homework assignments but as brain workout.

Nonetheless, these assignments were used in disciplinary cases to punish students who either got out of hand or simply didn’t do their classwork. This thought immediately became far-reaching and educators began using it in this form. It eventually reached a point where every student had to do their share of after-class assignments even if they had the best conduct in school.

Thusly, this prompted the wide developed contempt and negative demeanor that almost every student has about homework. Let alone those that might actually be enjoying them of their free will.

Primary concerns

Homework works in extraordinary ways. Research now shows a clear correlation between academic excellence and homework assignments. However, this does not seem to give any restrictions of guidelines that should be adhered to for best performance. I do not want to sound as if I’m on the opposing side. So, if these assignments are truly beneficial, so be it.

However, I hope that you can understand that it’s a bit hard for me to come to terms with the fact that students spend close to 8 hours in class every workday and we are still insisting on adding them additional classwork to be done at home. It’s my opinion that students’ home should be a place to rest from schoolwork. Would you rather turn your kid into an overworked machine with more homework?

According to my two cents, I believe that such assignments are designed to deny students their freedom and free time. It removes the fun of being at home and takes away the chance to nurture alternative life skills as well as develop their social skills. That said, it is my honest opinion that homework is more detrimental than beneficial. What’s your take?